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Two distinct boards represent the College of Education.

Advisory Council #

The Advisory Council focuses on fundraising and campaign advancement, working closely with the senior director of development and external affairs and the dean of the College of Education to achieve goals and initiatives.

Richard Darst, '82, Eugene, OR

Prior to serving as State Director of K-12 Accreditation for AdvancED, Dick served as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, associate principal, principal, director of curriculum and instruction, asst. supt. and led numerous national and international accreditation committee teams.

Dick became a COE Advisory Council member in order to give back to COE, a college he believes is on the knife's edge of teaching and learning for all students.


Colleen M. Donnelly '72, Eugene, OR

Colleen M. Donnelly received her undergraduate elementary education degree from the University of Oregon in 1972. She received her Master of Science degree in the Education of the Hearing Impaired from Western Oregon State College in 1974. Donnelly taught in both special education and regular education classrooms in Eugene School District 4J until she retired in 2004. She served in a variety of roles on public and non-profit boards throughout her career. Both she and her husband Bob are avid Duck fans and follow their Oregon teams far and wide. Their two married daughters and five grandchildren live in the Portland area. When not doting on them, Donnelly enjoys a myriad of outdoor sports and travel opportunities. She continues to support the UO College of Education on every level and with passion.

Colleen Donnelly became a COE Advisory Council member in order to advance the mission of the COE and is most inspired by the incredible dedication of all peoples associated with the COE.

Derek Jernstedt—Chair 'MBA 98 University of Oregon Warsaw Cetner, Danville, CA

Derek is the current chair of the College of Education Advisory Council. Derek is the Executive Director and board member of both the Quest Foundation and HEDCO Foundation, private foundations that support educational, social, and health-related non-profit organizations. Prior to joining the foundations he lived in Chicago and Atlanta working on the U.S. Army, AT&T, and Coca-Cola accounts for Relay Worldwide from 2001 through 2008.
Derek is married to Jennifer Jernstedt, who is also a board member of the Quest Foundation.  They have two children, Jake and Avery.

Derek Jernstedt became a COE Advisory Council member in order to help extend the work/impact of all the various COE's initiatives into the community. He finds the talent within the COE expansive.  From staff and faculty to students - he knows the work being done is transformative and impactful.

Amy Rittenberg Kari ’82, Sisters, OR

Amy Kari earned an art history degree from the University of Oregon in 1982. Prior to her retirement, Amy’s career was focused in education. She performed grant-funded educational research, spoke nationally and internationally on math curriculums and has published professionally on strategies for improving math skills in at-risk student populations. Beyond her work on the College of Education Advisory Council, Amy is also the current chair of the Clark Honors College Advisory Council development committee as well as a member of the UO Foundation Board of Trustees.

Amy joined the COE Advisory Council because of her passion for education and to become more engaged with the college. She is inspired by the excellence of COE and its commitment to innovation in the encompassing fields of education and social services.

Anita McClain Haley ’65, ’83, Portland, OR

Anita McClain Haley earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon during 1965. She earned a master’s degree from University of Nevada, Reno and a doctorate from a dual-degree program of the UO and Portland State University. Anita taught in public schools before teaching at Lewis and Clark College and at Pacific University. There was never a morning she did not look forward to going to work. She retired from Pacific University after 25 years. She has authored two textbooks and a numerous journal articles. She was presented the UO College of Education Outstanding Alumna Award, and the Pacific University President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Professional Schools. She also earned the Lifetime Literacy Award from Oregon Reading Association. In her home community of Portland, Oregon, she served as Chair of the Children’s Charity Ball, Board Member of Waverly Children’s Home, Junior League of Portland, and President of Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Association of Portland. In retirement she spends time in her garden, enjoying cooking, and traveling with her husband Tom. She loves golf and tennis and plays regularly. One of her favorite pastimes is spending hours with her two grandsons, playing games, golfing and swimming. Anita's commitment to the University of Oregon is special to her—she is always ready to say “GO DUCKS!” and advocate for the University of Oregon. She currently serves on boards for the College of Education and Duck football, and she mentors students and is a member of the Class of 1965 Reunion Committee.

Sheila K. Miller, '99, Seattle, WA

Sheila Miller, a senior program manager for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, works to increase support for, and develop, improved policies toward education at the state and local level. Through her work at the Gates Foundation she is focused on increasing support for, and developing, improved policies toward education at the State and Local levels where she develops and executes place-based strategy for advocating with policy makers and education officials in order to significantly increase the number of black, Latino, and low-income students who earn a diploma and then a post-secondary credential with labor-market value.

Sheila received her MBA-MPP from Georgetown in international policy and economic development in ‘07 and her B.A. from the Clark Honors College in Spanish and International Affairs in ’99. She is inspired by the leadership of the COE, its faculty and its Advisory Council, and the promising work already underway by its student body. Sheila joined the COE Advisory Council because she cares deeply about the future of education, particularly in her home state of Oregon which is challenged in the national rankings especially at K-12 levels.



Lois Rawers ’85, Corvallis, OR

Lois Rawers grew up in Ohio where she attended Miami University. She earned her B.S. in Education and Master of Arts in teaching and began her teaching career. She and her husband moved west where she continued teaching elementary school in Idaho and Oregon. She studied at the University of Oregon and completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Educational Policy and Management in 1985. Following graduate school she served as a principal in elementary schools in Corvallis and Independence, Oregon. In these leadership positions, she felt privileged to work with devoted and talented teachers and to have a purview of the educational process and the development of children K-5.  Now retired, she occasionally serves short-term, interim administrative roles in addition to being actively involved in community, non-profit organizations and exploring the world with her husband James Rawers.

Lois Rawers joined the COE Adivsory Council to continue to be involved in the preparation of teachers and school leaders. She believes the far reach and extent of UO's research and development of educational processes and methods have an indelible impact on student learning, classroom management, and families.

Kevin Reed Eugene, OR

Kevin Reed is the UO’s Vice President and General Counsel. While his charge at the UO is the management of the legal affairs of the university, Kevin’s passion for education permeates his career from his time as the general counsel of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to his work defending public education in California. Previous to his work at the LAUSD, Kevin worked in a private civil rights law firm, where he successfully challenged the state of California’s distribution of funds for school construction. Kevin began his legal defense of public education when he served as managing attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

With a J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from the University of Virginia, he may not be an alum, but he is certainly a huge asset to the Ducks and now to the COEAC. He is passionate about public education and excited about the ability to assist in the nationally prominent work of the COE in developing the art and science of education in Oregon and the nation. He is inspired by the COE's national prominence in its field, but more so by its deepening commitment to using research and data to improve practice in our nation's schools.


Bart Ricketts Lake Oswego, OR

Bart is CEO and Oregon President of Lease Crutcher Lewis in Portland, Oregon. Since joining the company in 1995 as a project manager, Bart contributed to the Oregon operation’s growth from a staff of ten and an annual volume of $2 million to a diverse, talented construction team with $100 million plus in annual revenue. Additionally, Bart guided the company’s emergence as a leader in sustainable construction, managing one of the first LEED projects in Oregon—the nationally acclaimed Lillis Business Complex at the University of Oregon followed by the College of Education’s HEDCO Building in 2009. In addition to his role as CEO, as president of the Oregon operation Bart is actively engaged in business strategy, client service and business development in Portland. When not at work, Bart can be found golfing, skiing, biking and fly fishing in Central Oregon or cheering on his beloved Oregon Ducks with his wife, son and daughter.

Bart knows an educated population is the key to a healthy community and thus joined the COE Advisory Council to help promote the work the College engages in training the educators of tomorrow to be engaging, dynamic teachers. He also advocates for the college's Center for Autism and it's work to advance the understanding and effective innovations for those on the Autism spectrum.

Julie Thomson ’65, Portland, OR

Julie was born at Sacred Heart Hospital and grew up in Eugene until she graduated from the University of Oregon in 1965.  Both her parents graduated from the UO in 1937. Her dad practiced law with the Thompson-Mumford firm until he was 75. Her mother graduated from the School of Business and worked for the office of the new dean, Victor Morris. Dean Morris also performed their marriage ceremony in 1939. Their strong friendship resulted in Dean Morris and his wife Grace being godparents to her and her younger siblings. After college graduation in 1965, Thomson moved to San Carlos, California, to teach elementary school. In 1969 after a year of dating Keith Thomson, he asked her if she would like to take the “P” out of her last name. They returned to Eugene with Victor Morris once again performing a Thomson wedding ceremony. Keith was responsible for selecting Oregon as an Intel site and in 1979 they moved to Portland with their two children. Julie enjoyed lots of volunteer work in their schools and their sports. Thanks to the Intel sabbatical program for every seven years of employment, Keith and Julie have traveled to some very interesting countries. Their last family trip was to the amazing Galapagos. When their son became a freshman at the UO they were able to get three season tickets for the Duck home football games in order to include her mother (who never missed a home game since 1939). Keith was invited to become a UO Foundation Trustee and, of course, Julie enjoyed visiting Eugene and the campus during Foundation meetings. Serving on the College of Education campaign committee led by Andrea Wiggins opened Julie’s eyes to the great needs for the College of Education. While it was initially a challenge to recruit donors because of the out of date facilities; she was able to show the need for new facilities, technology and expansion to match the high national rating of the College. Julie appreciates the opportunity to participate in the COE Advisory Council and looks forward to sharing with others about the new programs that have evolved since she was a student in the 60’s!

Are you interested in serving on the College of Education Advisory Council?

For more information about opportunities, please contact

Deidre Sandvick
Sr. Director of Development



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